You should expect to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising following the procedure. Your physician may suggest that you wear a compression garment for two to six weeks, which in some cases may be an important part of your recovery process. It is also important to avoid sun exposure until all the bruising resolves.
A compression garment is tight fitting, and holds the tissues together, while providing comfort and support as you heal. The compression garment controls swelling by preventing fluid build up in the treatment area, and also helps the skin conform to the new contours of the body. It also helps to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding after surgery.
You will likely be able to return to work in one week, but it is generally advised to avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You may be able to notice some improvement in your appearance soon after surgery. An even greater improvement should be noticeable within four to six weeks following the procedure, as the swelling subsides. The final results will most likely be noticeable in approximately three months. Areas that have been liposuctioned may in some cases fee lumpy to deep palpation, but this usually goes away after 3-6 months.
Although fat cells are permanently removed from the treatment area during the procedure, it is important to realize that liposuction does not prevent additional weight gain. In order to maintain the results from your procedure, it is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine. It is also important to realize that there will be scars in the areas where the liposuction tube are inserted, although they are expected to be small and they are generally placed in inconspicuous areas whenever possible.